Magazine article Herizons

Red Blues

Magazine article Herizons

Red Blues

Article excerpt

T&M, 2002

The tenth album from prolific Irish blues icon Mary Coughlan, Red Blues is primarily comprised of American blues and pop standards. Happily, predictable selections like "One For My Baby", "Black Coffee" and "At Last" take on a new charm when infused with an audible brogue.

Other choices contained on Red Blues are downright inspired, such as the heart-wrenching "I Would Rather Go Blind" and "She's Got A Way With Men (And She Just Got Away With Mine)" a hilarious honky tonking romp which features Frank Mead on the soprano saxophone, music's ultimate comedy instrument.

However, the more contemporary songs in this collection of covers are less even. While her version of Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" is lovely in its simplicity, her guitar-heavy rendition of Grace Jones' late `70s disco hit "Pull Up To The Bumper" is simply odd.

Coughlan fulfills the role of blues singer, the same way Bonnie Raitt does, with a solid low-range and sincere delivery. …

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